Sony Ericsson roundup: W902, W595, W302 preview
Sony Ericsson W302 at a glance
There is nothing revolutionary about the Sony Ericsson W302. It is a lower midrange device, which however is both attractive and well built. The W302 is really compact and light, and it's almost destined to become a success - given the right price tag of course.
Featurewise, the quad-band Sony Ericsson W302 doesn't have the high-tech goodies of the more advanced Sony Ericsson phones. There's no 3G support, Media manager, accelerometer or even auto focus. But the W302 offers snappy performance with strong music orientation - the Walkman music player, the FM radio and the stereo Bluetooth support all attest to that.
The Sony Ericsson W302 has a 2" display with a resolution of only 176 x 220 pixels but the interface graphics are ingeniously scaled down, so the low resolution doesn't hurt the looks or usability.
The W302 also has a 2 megapixel camera, which lacks auto focus but has the Cyber-shot style interface. We missed that ever since Sony Ericsson W910 when we last saw it on a Walkman device.
The Sony Ericsson W302 should be available in Midnight Black or Sparkling White in Q4 2008 and a reasonable price tag will surely make it a real hit.
Sony Ericsson W302 360-degree spin
Design and construction
The Sony Ericsson W302 is one little looker with that slim waistline. The design concept is nothing new but the W302 leaves a really nice impression at first glance. The W302 measures 100 x 46 x 10.5 mm and weighs the mere 78g.
Some of you probably may not agree, but if we leave the slim body aside, the device reminds a lot of the black Samsung E590, which by the way is already selling dirty cheap and offers the same feature load.
The stylish brushed metal finish up front and the slip-free rear surface add to those nice looks and comfortable handling. The 10.5mm thickness rounds off a nice piece.
The clean-cut keys on the keypad offer nice press feedback and are a pleasure to use for typing. Tactility is flawless as all the keys are sufficiently distinct. The keypad has a nice orange backlighting to reiterate its Walkman bloodline.
On the left side there's a dedicated Walkman key. The right-hand side hosts the volume rocker and the dedicated camera key. Unfortunately, the camera lacks auto focus.
The Sony Ericsson W302 is equipped with standard Sony Ericsson BST-33 Li-Polymer battery with a capacity of 950 mAh. It's quoted at up to 300 h of standby time and up to 7 hours of talk time.
The compact W302 comes with a 950 mAh batery